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Which Kindle Paperwhite model/generation do I have?

I need to determine which firmware update to download. The Amazon site is helpful if you know exactly which generation or model of Kindle you have. But they give no guidance as to how to determine ...
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Can I get an ebook from the library in the United States?

I know Amazon has a program where, if you pay extra, you can borrow ebooks. Just about everyone in the USA pays taxes to support their local Library. Are there any programs that allow library books ...
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How should you include illustrations in Kindle ebooks?

What is the most effective method for including illustrations in a Kindle ebook? And what is the preferred DPI and file format?
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Can the sleep timeout be adjusted on Kindle devices?

The seemingly fixed screen timeout on all my Kindle devices has never been an issue for normal reading. If it goes off on me it is usually because I fell asleep myself, so one cannot blame a device ...
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Which ereaders support the EPUB3 format?

The EPUB3 format is the "next generation" for the widely-used EPUB format. (the differences between this and EPUB2 are described in this question). Which devices today support EPUB3? Where can I find ...
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How well do ereaders typeset?

There are many aspects to good typesetting, such as picking a good font, kerning, use of ligatures, justification (flushed vs ragged) and hyphenation. Many interesting details can be found in e.g. ...
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Where is my Ebook that I just bought from Amazon Kindle to my PC?

I am new to Amazon Kindle ebooks. I am using my computer to read Kindle ebooks. I am using Kindle-for-Pc software. I just downloaded an ebook, but I cannot find it anywhere. I need to find it so that ...
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Is it possible to self-publish ebooks with DRM?

I've created software to generate valid ebooks from HTML/XML and auxillary files (metadata, cover artwork, etc.) The software produces books in both the ePub and MobiPocket formats and does everthing ...
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Kindle vs Kindle paperwhite, is the resolution really important for eyes?

I'm trying to decide between buying a Kindle vs. a Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle has a resolution of 167 ppi and the Paperwhite has a resolution of 300 ppi. I don't care about the backlighting since ...
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Public domain search tools/websites

Is there a united resource or program to search public domain works? By united I mean it searches in more than 1 website for my search term.
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How can I automate the creation of EPUB files from series of existing JPEG photos?

I have multiple sets of JPEG photos (not images/scans of books, but of e.g. my children), that I would like to turn into EPUB files, so I can take them along on my ebook-reader and view them. Are ...
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Are there any solar-powered ebook reader?

The power consumption of an e-ink ebook reader is quite low. An average user might need to charge it once a month. Even a very small solar panel should be able to generate enough power for it. Are ...
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Is reading ebooks in “Night” mode better for eye health?

Many e-book reader programs (at least on Android) like Cool Reader or FFBReader offer the "Night" reading mode - basically, reverting from usual dark-text-on-light-background to light-text-on-dark-...
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How can I display 'word count' in Calibre while browsing my Library?

I use Calibre, to manage my library of eBooks. It is easy to include the size of the book, but with images and such that can be misleading. I notice on Smashwords they often include a word count in ...
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Is there an easier way to edit a .mobi file?

I am used to creating and editing .epub files, usually with Sigil. Sometimes, however, I need to retouch a file in .mobi format for my wife. My usual approach is to convert it in .epub with Calibre, ...
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Without ebook creation software, can I fix formatting issues on an epub?

I have an epub copy of a book where all the lines are broken up wrong, and it ends up looking like really bad free form poetry. This makes the book really hard to read. Is there a way for me to fix ...
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Tracking time spent reading on a kindle?

Is there a way to track and export time spent reading on a Kindle? I'm setting a goal around reading books several hours a week, and I would love to automate the tracking. Amazon seems to track ...
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what does the v5.0 in the name of an e-book file stand for?

I have seen various e-books on the Internet that have a (v5.0) in the name e.g. Charles Darwin - On the Origin of Species (v5.0).epub Initially I thought this had to with the version 5 of the ...
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How to create DjVu format with selectable text?

DjVu is efficient at compression, but sometimes the text becomes an image and non-selectable. Is there anyway to make sure that the text remains selectable? Which program should I use for this ...
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How can I left justify text on my Kindle?

I can't stand reading full-justified text, yet none of my Kindles seem to give me anything else! They all attempt to justify text even when the font size is too large and causes huge gaps between ...
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Automatic transfer of annotations in sideloaded book in Nook Android app

I have a couple non-Nook Android devices with the Nook app installed on them -- a tablet and a phone -- and several epub books that I read and annotated on the tablet. I was surprised, when I copied ...
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What kinds of DRM are used in eBooks? Is it possible to purchase DRM free eBooks?

I am a beginner to eBooks, and as somebody who has been "outside" of eBooks I've only ever heard of Amazon's Kindle and seen a variety of options for purchase on Google Play. I have recently ...
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How can I keep a large number of EPUB files, managed in calibre, “polished”

As described in this answer, you can manually polish EPUB files so they are updated with the metadata you added or changed in calibre, without converting the EPUB files. At least on Linux there is a ...
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Do non-Windows devices have equivalent of ClearType for ebook font rendering?

Cleartype is Microsoft's subpixel rendering technology for improving text clarity. I recall it being used as a selling point for MS Reader and .lit format back when it was introduced. Are similar ...
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How to tell if a book from Kobo Store has DRM?

When shopping from Kobo Store, how can one determine if a book is encumbered with DRM? And also to determine what kind of DRM is used? I.E., there is an italian publisher called Newton & Compton ...
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Is there a way to read DjVu files on a 4th gen Kindle?

DJVU format is a very good format both in terms of file size an readability. Is there a way that I can read DjVu files on a 4th generation Kindle?
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Converting RTL epub to mobi

I have a Hebrew ebook in epub format; I would like to convert it to mobi, since I read exclusively on my Kindle. Hebrew reads right-to-left. Kindle supports Hebrew ebooks (I have often used ...
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Can I legally remove DRM from ebooks I have purchased if I live in Canada?

I live in Canada, and I currently use a Sony Reader. My family keeps giving me Chapters/Indigo gift cards to buy books with, which used to be great when I had a Kobo reader and could get ebooks that ...
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Is there a good size comparison of which of different e-book formats is smaller?

If I have an option of reading e-books in a range of formats (ebub, mobi, Sony LRF, .lit, rtf, MS Word's .docx, Rocket, Amazon's Kindle format, pdf), which one takes the least amount of space over the ...
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Is there any open standard for ebook notes format?

Is there any open or semi-open standard for ebook and notes/highlighting storage/format which is used by multiple ebook reader vendors and/or ebook reader software?
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What was the average income from ebooks for independent authors in 2013?

Ebooks have been a boon to independent authors, providing a path to audiences, unmatched in the history of publishing. The field is rather new, and currently there is not even Wikipedia page ...
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What does the extremely fragile glass do in Kindle3's pearl e-ink display?

I've recently seen two great tutorials that disassemble the Kindle 3 for repairing. One is this great Fix your broken Kindle Keyboard Screen tutorial by ghwhitcher, and the other is the Amazon Kindle ...
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What is a good software for reading ebooks out loud?

I enjoy having the ebooks read out loud. My previous solution has always been to highlight the chapters I want to read and then turn on voiceover in Adobe Reader on my Mac. The advantage is that I can ...
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What text format is least likely to clash with ebook formats?

There are several different software products for collecting and formatting the electronic written word. Microsoft & Google, are two big names offering products, there are also many others. ...
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How much of the power does the screen of e-Ink device consume?

On Android smartphones, when you look into Power settings, it shows a neat usage graph, which usually looks like this (my phone has very similar #s right now): ================ 40%+ Screen ==== 10% ...
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Epub reader limitations

Some ebook readers (like Sony PRS-650) does not handle epub files which contains HTML files bigger than ~200-300kbytes. Is there any other limitations which are not part of the standard but ebook ...
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Two kindles bricked, can there be a common cause?

I used to have a Kindle 3 (keyboard). After almost 3 years of honourable service, it started getting stuck more and more, until reset wasn't solving anything anymore. The very helpful Amazon customer ...
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How can I personalize each copy of a PDF to add the reader's name or email address to each page?

To discourage readers from uploading it to public file-sharing sites, I'd like to personalize each copy of a PDF document to embed some identifying information to each page. I'm thinking of something ...
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Format for ebook that contains code

What's a good format for making an ebook that contains code. Is markdown a good option or is there something better available? I may want to convert it to ePub/Mobi and PDF later. Is it a good idea ...
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Why are there so few color e-ink devices on the market in 2014?

The Wikipedia article on e-ink indicates that the technology exists to provide thousands of colors on e-ink display. As I understand it most (all?) of the the 'multi-touch color display' screens are ...
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Screen protection for eReader

Is it useful or advisable to get screen protection for eReader? Also does anti-reflective layer makes any good or bad difference with the eInk screen?
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How can I merge multiple ebooks in a single file?

Is there a way to easily combine multiple ebooks into a single file, that will collect all of them?
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Is there a standardized or recommended image format, size, and resolution when embedding images?

I would like to embed images into my ebook, but I could not find any general references that describe "best practices" related to image format, size and resolution. Are there any standardized or ...
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What software should I use to write books, which can be exported to Lulu and CreateSpace?

I currently use PagePlus X6 to typeset books. It has the capability to export to .pdf files and .epub files. However, the generated files are being rejected by Lulu and CreateSpace. Is there an ...
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Did any other publisher follow Baen's approach of freely releasing older e-books (especially for series)?

According to Eric Flint's Prime Palaver, publishing older books as free e-books as Baen did with Baen Free Library may be a good thing for business (I asked a related question to verify that claim). ...
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How practical is it to learn to develop apps for e-ink Kindles?

I provide e-ink kindles to schools in Kenya (10 schools so far) where we also help the schools acquire relevant ebooks for teaching the pupils based on curriculum topics. We'd like to develop apps for ...
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Command line extraction of metadata (title. author) from epub file

I would like to use a command line to extract the title of a book (possibly also other metadata) from its epub file and return it as a string. I am using Linux, but my guess is that the question ...
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Trouble hooking up Goodreads with sideloaded ebook on Kindle Paperwhite

So I'm using calibre to load ebooks onto my Kindle Paperwhite and everything seems to be working just fine except when I try to use any of the Goodreads options on that book ("View on Goodreads" or "...
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Can custom fonts be embedded in mobi or epub books targeting eink readers?

Assuming that I am targeting non-tablet eBook readers such as Kindle and nook, is it possible to layout a book with some text in the default font of the device and some paragraphs in a special font ...
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How to simulate an epub ereader and inspect its DOM?

I have an ebook that I'm trying to make adjustments to. When I load it on my Nook Simple Touch, it has large margins, ignoring the settings on the Nook to have a minimal margin. When going through ...

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